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Essay:Relative Quality of Conservapedia, Wikipedia and RationalWiki

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'For the original version of this idea, please go here. Concept and scoring method created by Aaron Sherman.

To create an objective comparison of online wiki-based encyclopedias, a points system can be used to "score" selected articles. This page is an attempt at following Aaron Sherman's of comparing Conservapedia and Wikipedia. I'm also going to chuck in a few other similar ones, such as Creationwiki and Tinwiki.


1 point for:

  • External references, either online or printed material, excluding blogs and personal pages (eg facebook pages)
  • An introduction with links.
  • Specific references for particular statements.
  • Specific references in every section.
  • At least two categories (not counting automatically-generated categories)

1 point deducted for:

  • "citation needed" tags, other bias templates, pages protected from editing.
  • Articles consisting of fewer than 50 words.
  • Copies of public domain material.

Pages not counted:

  • Administrative (WP), debate (CP), fun (RW) and similar pages. basically, just the facts, ma'am.

11 November 2007[edit]